New Owners of Soldier Mountain Agree to $13,400 Charitable Donation As Part of Agreement With Idaho AG 

  • Soldier Mountain Ski Resort

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has reached an agreement with former Soldier Mountain owners to transition the ski resort to its new managers.

Wasden's office had launched an investigation into whether Soldier Mountain's assets were properly valued when it was listed for sale at $149,000 last year. The sale generated more than 2,000 inquiries.

 The ski area north of Fairfield, which features 39 trails, was donated to a nonprofit community organization by actor Bruce Willis in 2012. When the nonprofit listed the sale price at $149,000 in October 2015, it raised more than a few eyebrows and some questions from the attorney general's office. Following the investigation, Soldier Mountain officials revised the market value of Soldier Mountain to $162,402.

As a result, the new owners, the board of directors of Soldier Mountain and the AG's office have agreed to a deal in which the new owners will distribute $13,400 worth of charitable goods—such as discounted ski passes and equipment for students, seniors, veterans and special needs customers—over the next four years. That's the difference between the original asking price and the adjusted market value.

“This ski area is a wonderful asset to the community and I believe this agreement will help keep it that way for generations to come,” said Wasden in Friday's announcement of the agreement. “It’s my hope [new owners Diane and Matthew McFerran] can now focus on preserving and growing this resource for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill level.”
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